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|IN EVERY WAR THERE'S A HIROSHIMA WAITING TO HAPPEN.
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This anti-nuclear war button references the bombing of Hiroshima, where the atomic bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945. After the subsequent dropping of a second bomb on the city of Nagasaki, the Pacific leg of World War II between Japan and the United States ended with Emperor Hirohito’s surrender.
While there are not exact numbers for the loss of life during these atomic bombings, the estimated death toll of the Hiroshima bombing by the United States is 70,000 on the low end. Many people were completely incinerated on impact, making finding remains for the dead or identifying remains nearly impossible. After the bombings, the antinuclear movement rose. Many antinuclear organizations are still active in 2023.
This pin seeks to persuade against the use of nuclear weaponry, as its existence means that events like those in Hiroshima are imminently repeatable.
Wellerstein, Alex. “Counting the Dead at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 4 Aug. 2020, thebulletin.org/2020/08/counting-the-dead-at-hiroshima-and-nagasaki/.